Communication and Team Collaboration Coach
Tommaso Lana’s Embodied Learning
Over 15 Years of International Experience in Learning and Development
From Social History to Social Change Making
Tommaso graduated from the University of Milan, Italy, with a master thesis in history about children who had been unrecognized social change-makers.
Since then, he’s been developing collaborative learning methods for adults inspired by children’s innate adaptive learning abilities.
Learning through the Body
Between 2005 and 2008, Tommaso worked as manager of visitors services, teaching artist, and facilitator at the permanent interactive exhibit “Experience Field for The Development of The Senses,” Wiesbaden, Germany.
This groundbreaking formative experience within the realm of sensory learning inspired the beginning of Embodied Learning as a company. “I couldn’t gather all organizations, teams, and communities on Earth in one single place to impact the way we all relate, interact, and work together. I needed to go to them, listen to their needs, and let them try things out.”
Embodied Learning, 2008
Tommaso started up his consultancy firm in Berlin, Germany, serving educational, social, and political organizations and the museum, hospitality, and tourism industry all across Europe.
Since its creation,
Embodied Learning is a multidisciplinary experiential team building program for adults that enhances communication and collaboration skills through sensory play, movement, and imagination.
Performance Art and Storytelling for Social and Economic Transformation
In 2010-2011 Tommaso co-directed the German Representative for Cultural and Media Affairs award-winning social-art project “Paradise 2: What is Energy?”.
The project addressed the future of identity and community in regions impacted by vibrant economic and social transitions.
Embodied Learning grew immensely by emphasizing the story of common people’s life (and bodies) between the end of the Cold War and the present.
The inhabitants of the village of Welzow, in former East Germany, helped Tommaso’s inclusive work on letting unheard voices emerge and become relevant in major socio-developmental processes.
Giving Back to Children
Between 2010 and 2016, Tommaso designed, crafted, and curated the “Learning Outside” exhibit at the Preschool Museum, Berlin (which recently moved to Uelzen, Germany), addressing teachers and educators’ appreciation of learning through sensory experiences, play, movement, and imagination.
“We can bring schools into the future as a universal educational model only if we stop, observe, understand, and respect how children learn.”
Embodied Learning in the United States
In 2017, Tommaso moved to New York City to spread Embodied Learning across North America. First, he disseminated his approach to learning in the early childhood education sector, consulting the most exciting early learning projects in the country, such as the Google Children’s Centers, the Children Center at Caltech, and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.
Embodied Learning for Education
Tommaso is a keynote speaker and an Edutopia writer. Between the 2016 and 2019 editions, he yearly performed and mentored at SXSW, Austin, TX.
He believes informal education is crucial for communities’ success. Tommaso collaborates as a trainer and consultant with Los Angeles Public Library, NYPL, Queens Public Library, and many other large library systems.
Embodied Learning and COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tommaso created ‘Embodied Learning at Home,’ a video series for busy parents of young children working from remote about creative sensory play at home.
Since the pandemic broke out, Embodied Learning is also available as a virtual service.
Embodied Learning Now:
Corporate Experiential Team Building and Inclusive Leadership
Inspired by new findings in cognitive sciences, neurobiology, and learning theory, Tommaso developed highly effective team-building techniques and coaching tools for inclusive leaders.
These are designed to support teammates transitioning from remote into hybrid work and reignite motivation and collaboration in the post-pandemic “new habitat.”
Embodied Learning Tomorrow:
Communication and Team Collaboration for Old Adult Caregivers
Tommaso wants to improve teamwork and communication of professionals caregivers through active care workshops.
The goal is giving care-teams new, simple, interactive and playful materials and tools to build rewarding relationships with one another and their older adult residents.
The body can explain everything!
Award winning trainer, performance artist, and consultant. Creator of Embodied Learning.
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